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Penny Serenade

Published 1941

Touching romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne.

Find out more about this film at its IMDB page.

Audio/Visual sound, black and white


Reviewer: CoreyRuehling - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 20, 2013
Subject: I cried.
One of the most moving films I've ever seen, shed a few tears. And they say real men don't cry. They haven't seen Penny Serenade.
Reviewer: KoRnLOSTHead - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 26, 2012
Subject: ;(
I am a 22 year old male and I must say I've never been moved to tears so genuinely from a film in my life.
Reviewer: Albert Schlef - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 21, 2010
Subject: Nice.
Fine movie.

It starts awful. But later it gets really good. I even shed some tears.
Reviewer: Kat1979 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 11, 2009
Subject: Sweet
Finally caught a movie where CARY GRANT really sunk his teeth into the role. If you're just getting into his movies, this is a great place to start to really get a range of his talents- both comedic and dramatic. IRENE DUNNE was just okay up to the end, then really pulled it off for an emotional climax. The rest of the cast worked very well, the girls especially being very cute.

If you're on this site hunting for comedies, this has some, but you can take it as mostly a DRAMA, played out nicely. Excellent process of story telling, well done and worth the watch. 7.8/10.
Reviewer: Ella_Greggs - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 8, 2009
Subject: Get Out the Popcorn for this 1940s Chick-Flick
Dated, but sweet. Some very interesting directing and camera choices, particularly scenes on the train, and when Cary Grant is heading off to see the adoption judge. It's a 1940s chick-flick, so it had to have what is clearly meant to be an uplifting ending (not sure it works, though). Nevertheless, I like the emotional arc of the characters. And the reviewer below is right: the scenes with Grant and Dunne becoming parents overnight and struggling to cope with simple things like bathing the baby and putting her to bed are just wonderful.
Reviewer: jcliff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 10, 2009
Subject: this is a keeper
this is a great movie,if you want to be happy ,sad or cry this is the movie for you.
Reviewer: Vampirella Orasul - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 16, 2008
Subject: I'm so happy
Wow I just loved this movie, I love Cary Grant, I've seen all of this movies but here, he's simply wonderful. Still handsome, sexy and classy, but also, the couple Grant/Dunne is very convincing. The movie doesn't move too slowly or too fast, it's just perfect, and I liked the little scenes of everyday life, the baby's first bath for instance, and the little girl's play, so it's not superficial, we get to know all the little important moments in life. The end was predictable though, but otherwise, I would recommend it to anyone.
Reviewer: Rybak - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 3, 2008
Subject: Wonderful Baby
Irene Dunne and Cary Grant are great in this touching melodram, but the star of the film is the baby. The best baby in film I ever saw. Wonderful.
Reviewer: Yodelling Llama - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 26, 2005
Subject: Grotesque ending.
This film starts out wonderful. Well, Grant-Dunne wonderful, if you're into that sort of thing. But as it progresses it gets sappy. And in the end it illustrates both an utter lack of storytelling ability and a horrifyingly poor choice of plot device. Which is not to say others wouldn't like it. Which is why I am not including any specifics that may spoil the experience. But be forewarned: nausea is as probable response as tears.
Reviewer: Travisab1 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 6, 2005
Subject: Penny Serenade... Orrrrr Perils of Loved Ones Lost
I simply loved this show. Cary was at his usual best. This show will defiantly jerk tears from the eyes of those who watch it. Prepare yourself for a well produced, edited and a cast of three of my favorite actors. They all had a hard hitting part in this movie. If even one character had been left out or replaced by another this show would never have made it as a classic.

Prepare for a good show when you download this movie. Have a six pack in the fridge for each person watching and a bottle of your favorite booze. Ohhhh, I almost forgot, a box of Kleenex on the coffee table.

This is really a good shoe as Ed S. wouldÂve said back in the 50Âs huh???

Well gotta go for now. Enjoy this show. I did.

Reviewer: bearpuf - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 30, 2005
Subject: Tearjerking at its Best
Trite, heavy, maudlin, and hysterically funny, watching a couple dote over their adopted baby. Totally enjoyable. There's lots of room for criticism for specifics (especially the kid when she got older) but the storyline tugged at me the entire way and Cary Grant shows marvelous versatility in his ability to draw laughter and tears.
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